It is pretty cool how things are working out. I was introduced to a guy down here that started his own commercial vegetable production. He is only a couple of seasons into it but already he has an established clientele and operation.
Currently he has two green houses and a couple of outdoor shade gardens. One green house is set up as a germinating facility used to start the seedlings. The other green house is set up with vertical growing boxes about seven high per pole. (21 deep 6 rows) This type of growing perfect for a high yield of greens.
Because pesticide and chemical free greens are so difficult to get down here and water is so scarce during the dry months this is a wonderful set up for mass production.
The full scale production will put out just under 700 heads of lettuce per week. With a four week turn around on lettuce, greens are a perfect crop for this set-up. The one problem is that most greens want a cold environment and you are limited to what you can grow in the tropics.
They are also currently growing tomatoes and basil outside of the green houses under a shade cloth.
I began consulting him on how to increase production and how to start developing his own organic soil, i.e.,compost. The owner asked if I would be interested in spending time at the farm and helping him get his operation to the next level.
Next week we are going to build a few compost systems, as well as some vermiposting units. The following week we are going to build some fish tanks and start breeding our own Tilapia for natural nutrients to introduce to the hydroponic system.
I was trying to figure out how to grow veggies form my family, and now I am working two days a week at a natural farm. I must admit that we are all very thankful.